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  • Writer's pictureR.C. VanLandingham

Am I a Good Friend?

This is Day 21 of my 40 day Lenten Blog.

Yesterday, at my men's group, we discussed how Jesus wanted to be His disciples' friend. Even in the garden, when Judas brought soldiers to arrest Him, Jesus called Judas "friend." ("Jesus said to him, 'Friend why are you here?' Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him." Matt 26:50.)

Judas was not a very good friend. He betrayed Jesus. We were asked in our group if we had ever been betrayed by a friend. I could not think of a single time, though I am certain it has happened. But I can remember all of the times I have betrayed friends. And I did it for less than 30 pieces of silver as Judas did. And I have denied Jesus for less than the warmth and comfort of the fire as Peter did.

In my life I have often been a terrible friend, including to my parents, my wife, my children, and most importantly to Jesus. I cannot count the number of times I have betrayed Jesus with my wanton sin or selfish actions. I'd like to think I'm better than Judas, but the truth is I am more like him than I want to admit. I am just thankful Christ still calls me friend and is willing to forgive me.

R.C. VanLandingham is the author of the Peter Puckett series, a Christian children's fantasy that explores what it means to know and love Christ through exciting adventures. His books and blog can be found at

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